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assad is expressing confidence he can ride on deadly chaos in his wore torn country. 13,000 people have been killed so far since the widespread fighting between assad ace g's government and riots began. thousands are being killed every week in that country. they are predicting 100,000 more could be killed. 3,000 are killed every day. what about assad and his future and the future of his nation. joining us a former ambassador of the united nations john volt. >> glad to be with you. >> there seems to be a stalemate. what in your view do you think will finally tip this? which way? >> i am not sure it's going to be tipped one way or the other any time soon. assad has been cleared for quite sometime he does not intend to relinquish power voluntarily. and he has reason to think that he can hang on as long as russia and iran continue to finance and supply him. they have been the bedrock of his offenses and the opposition while it made gains has not been able to shatter his regime has not been able to push him out. i think the prospect of this going on as it is thousands of silians being killed
, anne-marie slaughter and ian bremer who i will ask to gaze into their crystal balls. will assad fall, will israel bomb iran, and will the euro zone finally break apart? >>> then the fiscal cliff. the view from across the pond. how did our political process look from a perch overseas and what will it all mean for the u.s. economy and the global economy? >>> also, will this be india's awakening? the nation confronts its own dark corners after a despicable deadly act. i'll look at some parallels with america's recent tragic school shooting. >>> first, here's my take. the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff is a small victory for sanity, but what it says about the future is somewhat bleak. washington will probably lurch from crisis to crisis kicking problems forward and placing band aids small solutions on those it does address. there will likely be no large-scale initiative on tax reform, entitlement reform, energy policy, probably even immigration reform and this is the real worry. because beyond the self-inflicted crisis of the cliff and the forthcoming debt ceiling, the united states face
to be real -- the change house to be real. i think president assad has to respond to this aspiration of his people rather than resisting it. >> for more on that resistance, i spoke with the u.s. state department's formal -- former special advisor now out the atlantic council's career center for the middle east. thank you for coming in. believe me, they are trying to be diplomatic. it is time for assad to go, but is he making any push to go? >> i think is going to be very difficult for him to be -- to make progress in light of what president assad had to say a few days ago in the damascus opera house. i think that mr. beldini -- mr. bohimi at this point is placing an emphasis on getting support from americans and others. the transitional government of national unity, so to speak, that the united states and russia would try to then sell to the u.n. security council. >> is there any indication that moscow is prepared, or moving toward the decision of putting its eggs in assad's basket is not the thing to do? are you seeing any shift in russia's position? >> i do not detect a shift in the posit
community has been quick to condemn syrian president bashar al assad's plan for peace in war-torn countries. the first speech called "beyond hypocritical." addressing supporters, described the opposition as terrorists and slaves of foreign power. he went on to support the national dialogue to end the 21-no conflict. assad these talks could create a national charter on syria's future, which he put to a referendum. while the opposition dismissed the proposals saying they're aimed at wrecking current diplomatic efforts. we frort amman's neighboring jordan. in an opera house in central damascus, packed with cheering supporters, the syrian president gave his first speech since june last year. he did not reveal any breakthrough to end the conflict but said every syrian had an ethical duty to fight rebels he linked with al qaeda. >> they are terrorists who follow al qaeda's philosophy. they call themselves jihaddist. they come from across the world and are leading terror operations on the ground. after they fail to achieve anything, they have been relegated to the back lines and all they do is kid
>>> issue three. assad's call to arms. >> syria's president, bashar al- assad issued a call for a quote unquote total national mobilization. to defeat syrian nationals rebelling against him. the conflict is nearly two years old. it is estimated to have killed more than 60,000 people. assad's speech hammered home how far out of reach a political answer is to the civil war now raging. the u.n., by the way, is describing the hostility as a civil war. assad was addressing an audience of loyalists in the opera house in central e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e importance of total mobilization. "syria will only exit this calamity by converting this energy into a total national mobilization to save the country from the clutches of a crisis that has no precedent in this region." the address marked president assad's first address to the nation in more than six months. he denies there was a popular uprising against his family's rule. now in he called the conflict and insurgency a handful of syrians and many foreigners, terrorists holding the views of al qaeda. they call themselves jihaddists and we
is assad. you thought last year he would have fallen by now. most people did. it looks like a better prediction this year, but it seems as though it's even conceivable that he could wait out 2013 or no? >> no, i don't think so. i would say he hasn't fallen yet, but we're now into the end game where it's clear he's going to fall and just a question of how long, not just we're predicting, we want him out, but he really is on his way out. i don't think there is any way he will survive 2013, but i'm not convinced there will be a government to replace him by the end of 2013. >> why has he stayed there as long? i was more skeptical that he would fall quickly and the reason was simple. a very strong army and they have been incredibly brutal in their willingness to use it against the rebels. >> that's part of it. it's a real state. this is not like -- this is a real state but look what happened to the sunnis in iraq. they took their cue from that. they know it's not going to be pretty aftermath and they had external support. the russians and the chinese diplomatically and the iranians milita
of high-end knit wear. now to syria where president bashar al assad made a rare speech and was in rare form today as he blasted the opposition and defiantly resisted international calls for him to step down. cnn's mohammed jamjun joins us from syria. this was his first speech since june. what was his message? >> his message was similar. as rare as that has been in the past whenever he has spoken. he remains entrenched, defiant. he defied international calls for him to step down. he blamed what was happening in syria as a foreign conspiracy. called the opposition terrorists and traitors, and denied there was a revolution going on in syria. said it wasn't a fight between the government and the opposition, but rather a fight between sir yarks the holeland and its enemy. and here's what he had to say about that point. >> translator: this is a conflict between authority and power or between the enemies of the homeland. this is a conflict between those who wanted to take revenge against the people. to fragment syria. those are the enemies of the people. and the enemies of god. and the enemie
>> this is the journal" -- "journal" from dw. syrian president bashar al-assad comes up with a peace plan that his opponents say is nothing. in sports news, we will have more of that coming up. the conflict in syria has been going on for close to two years. experts say the end is still a very long way away. refugees continue to flow over to the borders into neighboring nations. jordan says it has 9000 in just the past week, mostly women and children. syria's leader has made it no place for joy. it was his first public speech in more than a year. president assad refuses to talk to the opposition, whom he calls puppets created by the west. opponents say the speech was designed to avoid a diplomatic solution to the civil war. >> bashar al-assad took center stage at the damascus opera house. fighting rages on the outskirts of the capital, but his forces still hold the city center. in his address, the syrian president maintain the defiant rhetoric he has since the start of the conflict. he accused foreign powers and terrorists of meddling in the syrian affairs. >> revolutiona
and the religion of syria's president assad. if he is overthrown, will all alawites become targets? >>> and bob faw on what some catholic school systems are doing to try to survive? >> our educational system was imploding. enrollment-wise, finance wise, something radical, radical surgery had to be done. >> announcer: major funding for "religion & ethics news weekly" is dedicated to i founder's interest in religion, community development and education. additional funding also provided by mutual of america, designing customized individual group and retirement products. that's why we're your retirement company. the january henson foundation, and the corporation for public broadcasting. >>> welcome, i'm bob abernethy. it's good to have you with us. arguments continue over the so-called "fiscal cliff" deal approved this week in the fina minutes of the 112th congress. and religious groups are among those weighing in. the family research council criticized the deal for not including spending cuts and entitlement reforms. meanwhile, leaders of the christian group bread for the world said while the measure
, bashar al-assad, giving his first public address in more than six months. denouncing growing opposition against him and showing no signs of backing down. leland vitter is following this live from our middle east bureau. what else did we hear? >> essentially this is the same old from president assad. he acknowledged, we're at war. he also offered up this peace plan of sorts, some kind of negotiations with the cease-fire. essentially it's the same thing he's offered in the past. it's important to note he's giving russians diplomatic fire power. you guys wanted me to talk about having a new government. i'm happy to talk about it and give the rebels a chance to pass, which they did. it's important to look at the optics. a cheering crowd in damascus at the opera hall and it was given live on states television and meant to rally the troops, especially the are regime royals. they control much of syria in the army and air force. rebels said this was a disgrace and they have no interest in talking while president assad is in power and they'll continue their fight. they have zero in terms of nego
. president bashar al assad has refused to negotiate. assad addressed his supporters on sunday. he proposed a new constitution and a national referendum to approve it. he branded his opponents puppets of the west. brahimi met with assad last month telling the bbc the president's proposals are no different from ones he's put forward before. >> i think that what people are saying is that family ruling for 40 years is a little bit wrong. so the change has to be real. >> opposition leaders welcomed the remarks. brahimi is set to meet with russian diplomats with close ties to the assad government on friday. >>> rebel commanders have freed dozens of iranians in a prison exchange or prisoner exchange deal with the syrian government. the assad regime agreed to release more than 2,000 captives in return. it's the largest prisoner swap since the uprising against assad's government began nearly two years ago. iran's state-run media said 48 iranians held for five months arrived at a damascus hotel after their release. opposition fighters seized the iranians near the city in august and initially threat
making news now. >>> a show of defiance today from syrian president, bashar al assad. in front of his supporters, the syrian leader gave his first public speech since june and effectively thumbed his nose at the international community, insisting his vision of syria's future will lead the country out of crisis. al assad also refused to work with the opposition, calling them "enemies of god who will go to hell." al assad has lost all legitimacy and he has to step down, the state department says. >>> search is on right now for famed fashion director vittorio missoni. he, his wife and four others were on a plane that disappeared off the coast of venezuela this weekend. he helps lead a fashion empire worth millions of dollars. >>> as you drone attack killed 17 suspected militants in pakistan's tribal region today that strike near the afghan border injured three, according to intelligence sources. it follows two similar attacks last week, one of which killed a taliban commander. >>> 130 trained mountain rescuers are combing a five-mile area east of seattle. they are looking for this man, 2
a more affordable clothing line for target. >>> now to syria, where president bashar al assad made a rare speech and was in rare form today as he blasted the opposition and defiantly resisted international calls for him to step down. here is cnn's mohammed jamjoon. >> reporter: in a rare public speech on saturday, syria president bashar al assad rediamond fi yant and entrenched, blaming a conspiracy for the turmoil in syria d standing firm against global calls for him to step down. al assad denied his forces were behind the violence that brought so much misery to syria these past 21 months and accused for runners of helping to fuel terrorism on the ground there. >> translator: those are the enemies of the people. and the enemies of god. and the enemies of god will go to hell. >> reporter: al assad's speech deliver nerd an opera hall in damascus was punctuated by loud bursts of applause by the audience who chanted with our hearts with our souls, we will sacrifice four, assad. during the end of this speech, he offered a plan to end the crisis in syria, a plan that includes a national dialog
's embattled president, bashar al assad. nbc's stephanie gosk monitoring developments for us tonight from cairo. stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. bashar al assad does not show up in public much these days. his last speech was back in june. he spoke live today to his country, conceding nothing and as defiant as ever. in a packed opera theater in damascus, supporters jumped to their feet and cheered for syria's president. "we will die for you," they shouted. the syrian leader did propose a new political solution to syria's conflict, a cease-fire, national reconciliation. eventually, a new constitution. but most of his address seemed to prove just how far off that possibility really is. he called the opposition terrorists, puppets of the west. assad said his government will not negotiate until regional countries stop funding rebel fighters. >> he still thinks that much of the opposition is fundamentally illegitimate. he blames them for the violence. he is trying to remind his foreign sponsors in places like iran and russia that he still is interested in a fight. >> repor
morning with us. take a listen to this. that is an audience in syria cheering for their president assad. he made a rare speech in damascus and at one point the crowd was cheering blood ask sacrifice must be for you, assad. tens of thousands of syrians have been killed and even more have fled their homeland. cnn's mohammed jamjoon is watching things from beirut. break down for us what he had to say. >> well, randi, assad remained defiant and he gave a rambling speech in which he blamed a conspiracy for what was going on in syria and he denied his military was the cause of the violence that has engulfed the country for 21 months. he called the opposition there terrorists and traitors. any solution for any kind of peace or political solution in syria must come from within syria and must be the solution that he delivers. he stood firm against calls by the international community and the syrian opposition for him to step down. and, by the end of it, he did offer what he was calling an initiative in which there would be a national dialogue, a conference, a new charter for a new constitution.
prolonged period change house to be real -- the change house to be real. i think president assad has to respond to this aspiration of his people rather than resisting it. >> for more on that resistance, i spoke with the u.s. state department's formal -- former special advisor now out the atlantic council's career center for the middle east. thank you for coming in. believe me, they are trying to be diplomatic. it is time for assad to go, but is he making any push to go? >> i think is going to be very difficult for him to be -- to make progress in light of what president assad had to say a few days ago in the damascus opera house. i think that mr. beldini -- mr. bohimi at this point is placing an emphasis on getting support from americans and others. the transitional government of national unity, so to speak, that the united states and russia would try to then sell to the u.n. security council. >> is there any indication that moscow is prepared, or moving toward the decision of putting its eggs in assad's basket is not the thing to do? are you seeing any shift in russia's position? >>
there was a surprise nationwide address by the dictator bashar al-assad andddres what he had to say was a cause for worry. it was his first speech in six months and assad said he won't step down and he won't negotiate with the rebels. the civil war there has spilled over syria's borders from time to time so now u.s. soldiers have landed in turkey to man patriot missiles on the border. holly williams is ourrder. correspondent in turkey reporting from istanbul tonight. holly, why do the turks wanty, these patriot missile batteries?es >> reporter: well, scott, turkey asked its nato allies-- including the united states-- toes-- provide patriot missiles because of fears that syria might use chemical weapons.e the turkish are nervous firstly because they have openly backedr the rebels in syria's civil war and secondly because they share a 600 mile long border with syria and we've already seen fighting spilling across that border. these six missile batteries are aimed at detering a much bigger inversion, they're capable of intercepting missiles and aircraft and they would be usedd they to defend turk
: a rare public appearance of assad addressing torn nation. for first time in six months. leland vitter has more. >> this speech is a combination of the same old, same old, all the rebels are terrorists. we're going to continue to fight and win this war, but it also provided a little bit of diplomatic cover not only for the syrians but also for their allies so the russians can now say, look, assad offered a peace plan and rebels won't talk. they would call it optics and they are important here. assad trying to get control live on state tv. a reminder that a large number of syrians support him especially among the upper class. despite offers for negotiation he was clear he has no intention of leaving and will win this civil war. to the past 20 ms. he says the rebels, we are seeing a growing number of fighters from foreign countries and much more turning syria into a islamic state. rebels say they aren't interested while assad is power. assad has shown he has well more than nine lives of a cat. last summer the state department said they thought damascus would fall within 36 hours. clearly ass
began march 2011. stephanie gosk has more. >> syrian president bashar al assad addressed his country for the first time since june. he's very rarely seen in public. he was greeted by a packed and boifterrous oust tore yum. he blamed the crisis in syria on terrorists, including al qaeda and the countries that continue to fund them. there was little to no mention of the syrians themselves and have picked up arms against the government. assad also proposed a new political initiative that would include a new government a new constitution, and amnesty. he said he would not go forward until the foreign funding of the rebels came to an ened. the european union responded quickly and said, no political solution could move forward until assad himself stepped down. the syrian president made no mention of that happening today in de mass cass. stephanie gosk, nbc news, cairo. >>> faithful attendees of the popular desert festival burning man are feeling a little left out by the latest hike in ticket prices. how much more a weekend ticket could cost some folks and what the options are for people wh
to the asad -- assad regime, and trying to insist the planes land for inspection. they have just done two inspections, and one plane was empty from damascus. it's a good question, and i think the answer is a complicated one, but i would say two things, in any country that is a newly emerging country, there is a sense of nationalism that you have to contend with which is legitimate. they have air own government and leaders. you can't dictate to them what to do, and there are a lot of states in the region that have their -- trying to meddle in iraq, the iranians big time, turkey, gulf states, trying to exert influence inside iraq, but, also, a big part of the answer is, really, what's happened to the united states? the american government is conflicted on iraq. the obama administration, itself, was ambivalent about whether to keep forces in iraq beyond 2011 or not, and, in fact, president obama campaigned on the ten in a minute that he had extra kateed forces from iraq completely, planned to, the military hoped to keep 5,000 to 15,000 there, including to fight al-qaeda, so, you know, when t
and describe a national reconciliation conference and a new syrian constitution. guest: president assad has adopted a bellicose reaction to the rebellion. it is not an all-out civil war. throughout this conflict, he has adopted this tone that these people are terrorists and criminals. 60,000 syrians have been killed in the civil war. he is going to come middle ground to the rebels who think they are winning at this point. host: cure associated press is pointing out this is his first speech since last june theory his opponents are -- the associated press is pointing out that this is his first speech since last june. guest: the rebels are winning this conflict. the question is how long will it go on and how many syrians have to die before the assad regime toppled or some deal is reached to send him into exile. there is no deal that leaves him sharing any power. host: if he goes into exile, which country will take him? guest: russia has been his biggest backer. it comes immediately to mind as someone who would want to take someone responsible for the death of 60,000. host: during the conflict,
of damascus where rebels have pushed out troops loyal to president assad. to the north, around 00 men, -- 100 men, women, and children had paid smugglers to take them across be the border to turkey but were deported. this from one of the largest refugee camps. >> this is one of the largest refugee camps in turkey. a container city along the border with syria. the cubicles are equipped with running water, heaters and air conditioning. the 13,000 refugees living here don't have to worry about the cold or floods. but for most, it's still a long way from the comforts of home. >> we can't wait to go back home. but, look, we have been abandoned. we thought it was going to be a matter of three months. the world is against us much the arab world, the west, the arab league, they have all left us on our own. >> this man and his family may be luckier than those trapped inside syria or the thousands of refugees facing tougher conditions in jordan and lebanon, but any time they watch the news, they are distressed. >> the scenes of the refugees facing cold are heartbreaking. these are children. i cannot fi
assad in months. tonight we asked alex marquardt to read between the lines. is this a leader who thinks he can survive? >> reporter: president assad mobbed by supporters at his first address to the nation in over half a year. in front of the faces of soldiers who had died, he slammed the west and called for political dialogue to end almost two years of war. regional and western states should stop furnding, arming and sheltering rebels, he said, who should also stop all acts of terrorism. assad said the military would then stop fighting and peace talks could start. we will negotiate with the ones that are behind those puppets, he said. we want a dialogue with the master, not with the servants. the united nations says the civil war has left more than 60,000 syrians dead. in his only interview with american media during this conflict, assad told abc's barbara walters that his forces targeted terrorists, not civilian protesters. >> what is the misconception if there is any, about the protests? >> we don't kill our people. nobody kills -- no government in the world kills its people unless --
jazeera, live from doha. also, finding the reaction to president assad. warnings of more fires in australia. who will be named the world's best footballer? we will find later in the awards. the free syrian army says it will not accept the new peace plan. assad laid out some resolutions for ending the conflict in her first -- in the first speech since june of last year. he has been condemned at home and abroad. >> with an audience of cheering supporters, syria's president gave his first speech since june of last year. >> they are terrorists who follow all kind of philosophy. they call themselves jihadists. -- who follow al qaeda philosophy. >> it excludes those he says are betraying syria. >> there is a group of extremists who understand no language other than terrorism. >> this group watched the speech with scorn. >> we hope this is his last speech, and we think it is a waste of time. >> he is trying to be little the revolution. we think this is the people's revolution. >> they were forced to listen to the speech on the radio. the electricity was down again. >> we did not have
own people to give a rare public address. his first speech since june and is assad promised to keep fighting the rebels whom he described as terrorists and religious extremists and murderous criminals and activities say the speech did not do anything to stop the fighting. the united nations reports the syrian civil war has led to the deaths of more than 60,000 people since march of 2011. jonathan hunt is with us. u.s. officials very critical of bashir al-assad's speech. >> a broken record is exactly what he resembles right now. in his speech that the u.s. officials and others believe is meaningless dialogue and criticizing the rebels as criminals and terrorists. despite the fact that the u.n. now reports 60,000 syrians have died in the ongoing civil war are there' peers to be no change in -- there appears to be no change in u.s. policy. >> i don't want to get into a numbers game. it is a horrible brutal tragedy what is going on in syria but it is the assad regime that bears fundamental responsibility which speaks to the callous attitude he showed in th speech. he could silence his o
and senator john kerry expected to take over. >>> rare speech from syrian president bashar assad has drawn a quick and blunt reaction from the obama administration. a defiant assad rejected international calls to step down and tried to justify his crackdown on anti-government rebels. he outlined plans for a national reconciliation conference and new constitution as well. but the u.s. state department says the syrian leader is "detached from reality." >> spokesperson for the state department released a statement saying, quote, assad has lost legitimacy and must step aside to enable a political solution and democratic transition that meets aspirations of the syrian people. you would think at this point. 60,000 syrians have been killed since this broke out two years ago. how do you negotiate peace with that much blood on the streets? >> exactly. what is fascinating is what he is floating as something that he floated years ago, and -- just, didn't have any teeth. just wasn't credible. i think also, at this point. even the turkish head of state, former ally, is speaking out against assad. he ju
by the syrian president bashar assad his first since june. yesterday he laid out what he called a peace plan which included new constitution and a, quote: national reconciliation conference. at the same time the syrian president urged his supporters not to give up the fight against the rebel forces whom he called murderous criminals. hello mirror. the secretary general is disappointed bashar assad has no plan at all to i understand the suffering of syria's men women and children. the civil war has killed more than 60,000 people since it broke out nearly two years ago. the chief fox report correspondent jonathan hunt is with us. jonathan, some the rhetoric from assad just astounding and some response from the united states. >> yeah. the same thing we have heard again and again it appears to be groundhog day in both damascus and washington. president assad talking once again about the way he says he is committed to what he calls a national dialogue but at the same time condemning anyone who fights his regime as either a terrorist or a criminal. officials here in the u.s. condemning that kind
, this round of sanctions? we're going to talk about that. >>> syria's president assad proposing a peace deal to end the blood did i civil war. he is out with a new proposal. why it is being rejected next. [ indistinct conversations ] [ male announcer ] when you wear dentures you may not know it, but your mouth is under attack. food particles infiltrate and bacteria proliferate. ♪ protect your mouth, with fixodent. the adhesive helps create a food seal defense for a clean mouth and kills bacteria for fresh breath. ♪ fixodent, and forget it. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil, potato with bacon... we've got a lot of empty cans. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. jenna: welcome back. everybody one. we await the president's announcement today for two new nominees for the secretary of defense and the head of cia there are some brand new developments in the iran nuclear showdown we want to talk to you about. the u.s. is again tighting the economic news noose by releasing ne
president bashar al-assad as "out of touch with reality." in the wake of the first public address in six positives, in front of a support ever crowd he was defiant in the face of demands he step down and vowed to continue to fight the rebels in the civil war that is now two years old. bashar al-assad proposes a peace plan to allow him to stay in power and condemned western and regional support for rebels. >> the fear of a new flu epidemic with the fiercest outbreak of the flu in a decade is coming to california. what you can do to protect your family. >> a better cup of cocoa. it has nothing to do with >> good morning, everyone, on abc7 morning news, a monday. the camera toward san francisco you can see a scant chance of, well, a little rain later in the week with mike with the forecast coming up. >> if you do not have a flu shot yet, it is the earliest and fiercest outbreak of the flu in a decade with patients flooding the emergency rooms across the country and hit 41 states and still on the move. more than 2,200 people in the hospital and one of them, or of those, 18 children have died
nations egyptian is urging assad to resign and supports the opposition but iran is backing the assad administration with russia. after the meeting they held a news conference. >> translator: to solve the situation in syria iran's cooperation is necessary. >> translator: the situation in syria should be solved by syrian, not by intervention from other countries. >> iran will cooperate with egypt. they will support mediation efforts by the un. >>> the public standoff between journalists and government officials is making more headlines. staff say they were censored. they have used their latest edition to take a jab at the communist party. >> reporter: the southern best weekly published its second edition on thursday. >> translator: i came to buy the news to know what's happening and to know the truth. >> translator: media restrictions are getting tighter. >> reporter: they did not run a story detailing their complaint. editors wrote even though the party had the right to control the media, it should change with the times. no major rallies happened on thursday outside the head office. h
it has formed a special units to secure the country's chemical weapons. they are confident the assad government will fall. they are ready to see the conflict to the end, despite limited military resources. we have the story from turkey. ♪ >> these are rebel fighters pushing to break government lines and sees strategic army bases in northern syria --sei seize strategic army bases in syria.rther iofof is it a top military commander of the rebel forces -- this is a top military commander of the rebel forces. >> the main reason behind our slow progress and the stalemates on the front line is the lack of ammunition. we badly need tactical weapons. we are dealing with a regime that bonds civilians and villages -- that bombs civilians and villages. >> the rebels have repeatedly asked for antiaircraft weapons to neutralize government forces air superiority. a demand rejected by the americans, who fear those weapons might fall into the hands of groups like this, which was recently designated by the u. s. government as a terrorist -- u.s. government as a terrorist organization. the fight to
all assad -- bashar al-assad as part of it. the u.s. defense secretary says the u.s.-led coalition has reached the last chapter in its goal to ensure afghanistan can look after its own security. leon panetta has been meeting the afghan president in washington. karzai also met hillary clinton, and he is due to hold talks with barack obama. we have more from washington. >> u.s. troop levels, u.s. financial aid, and political support for the afghan central government. those are some of the key issues dominating the agenda as hamid karzai continues his visit to washington. he has already met with leon panetta to talk specifically about the u.s. forces that would be necessary after the official end of the war of the end of 2014. the question will be what kind of responsibility will the troops have and what kind of legal protection will they have to carry out their mission. one thing the u.s. is keen to improve as the afghan security forces are capable of providing for national security across the country, but there are some critics who suggest this may be optimistic talk, given one out of t
for reconciliation from assad is another day of intense fighting a few miles from assad's home base. leland vittert on reaction to assad's message. >> with blood and souls we defend you chanted supporters for his first televised speech in more than six months. we are now in a state of war in every sense of the word, he said speaking live on state tv, appearing in control. he called those fighting against him foreign terrorists. a revolution is normally a movement of the people continued into the revolution of those imported from outside to revolt against the people. despite heavy losses, still rebels fighting the arm dismissed the offer to negotiate. we fight this man bogged down on the rebel front line. the man who calls himself the president, he is the head of a terrorist gang. assad received a number of standing ovations from a crowd of hand picked supporters, especially as he offered to reform all the syrian institution except the presidency. the u.s. state department was equally unimpressed with his offer as they were of the crowd. >> you see them, renting a mob is not that difficult. >> despi
. >> i'm shannen bream in tonight for harris falkner: assad gives a rare speech to supporter and what he says from the u.s. state department. urging syrians to defend their country against the rebels who started against his regime two years ago. it's now a civil war. and 60,000 people estimated to have been killed since it began, saying in a statement. assad's speech today is yet another attempt by the regime to cling to power and does nothing to advance the syrian people's goal of a transition. leland vittert has more from the u.s. bureau. >> shannon, this speech is a combination of the same old-same old, it provided diplomatic covers not only for the syrians, but their allies, russian, not offered a peace plan and the rebels won't even talk. in u.s. politics, they would call it the optics and they're important. president assad looking in control and on state tv and speaking to adoring crowd, remind they're a large number of syrians support him especially among the upper class. despite the offers of negotiation, he has no intention of leaving and will win this civil war. in the past 20
president biden. the magazine stands by its reporting. >>> now to syria where president assad addressed his nation in a rare speech just moments ago since the embattled president's last address in june, tens of thousands of syrians have been killed and even more have fled their homeland. more than 60,000 people have been killed across the country and the new year looks to be ushering in the same bloodshed and violence. mohammed jamjoon is watching things from beirut. if you can, break down what he had to say. >> good morning, randi. what we heard was a defiant reporting a lot of the same rhetoric that we heard from him when he's given speeches. rarely he has given them the last couple years but when he's given them or given interviews he disputed the notion that there was even a revolution going on in syria. he talked about how there was no fight in syria between the opposition and government forces, rather, it was between syria and its enemies. here's more of what he had to say specifically on that point. >> they are calling it a revolution. but it is not a revolution. revolutions need int
with state republicans saying they won't stand in its way. al-assad governor cuomo's beach, an estimated crowd of over 1000 people gathered for protest urging him to reject the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. cuomo faces a major decision next month when a state moratorium on fracking is set to expire. the demonstrators included legendary folk singer and upstate new york piece singer, who led the crowd and a rendition of the folk classic, "this land is your land." from the redwood forest to the gulf stream waters this land was made for you and me ♪ this land is your land this land is my land from california to the new york islands from the redwood forest to the gulf stream waters this plan was made for you and me ♪ >> pc your joining about 1000 people singing "this land is your land." secretary labor hilda solis has announced resignation at a president obama's second term beginning later this month. she is the first latina had a federal agency and known for her public support of unions,io pushing measures including the employee free choice act, which would
bashar al-assad is vowing to continue his government's fight against rebel groups while ruling out talks with the armed opposition. in his first public address in six months, al-assad called syrian rebels a tool of foreign intervention. >> we are now in a state of war in every sense of the word. we are confronting a vicious, external war. this form of war is more fragmenting and more dangerous than conventional war because it does [indiscernible] it pulls us into carrying out this plan. this war targets syria using a handful of syrians and many foreigners. it is trying to use us to tear down our trees and destroy our foundation. it is with pity this is happening with the help from some our own. >> al-assad said he is open a dialogue but only with those opposition groups tolerated by his regime. his appearance came days after the u.n. reported the death toll from nearly two years of fighting in syria has reached around 60,000. in the rebel-held town of aleppo, syria residents said his fellow citizens don't trust assad. >> any normal citizen listening to his speech heard him say that he as
.s. officials dismissing bashar al-assad's statement as meaning lease to cling to power. what did president bashar al-assad say for the first time in several weeks. >> essentially the president said the same old thing we've been hearing for a longtime. i'm going to stay in power, we are at war and it's time for syrians to fight for their country. he proposed a peace plan which everyone else laughed at because they said it involved bashar al-assad staying in power, and they say it showed that bashar al-assad had lost touch with reality. this is bashar al-assad very much in control. he has a lot of supporters there in the damascus opera house there in the capitol from which he was speaking, a lot of applause there and was speaking live on state television. his detractors will say what what they will, but many people have predicted bashar al-assad's demise over the past 18 or 20 months, they say his days are over. this is a president very much in control of his capitol and much of his country, bill. bill: does that speech change anything on ground, leland. >> reporter: not rile the violence co
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assad, and then a discussion on the future of u.s. energy policy. at 11:00 p.m., "q&a" with timothy naftali, former director of the nixon presidential library. >> studentcam video and trees are now do, friday, january 18, for your chance at the ground prize -- the grand prize. for more information, go to studentcam.org. >> in a rare address to the nation, syrian president bashar al assad talked about moving forward but made no mention of stepping down. he proposed a new constitution, which he said would have new laws. he thanked russia and china for their support of syria and stressed that his country would defend itself against outside forces. the last time the syrian president addressed was in 2012. this comes to was courtesy of aljazeera english. -- comes to us. >> and this is the first time since november that the president has given a public address in his own country. [crowd chanting] not so long after, it was said that maybe as many as 60,000 people have lost their lives in during the course of the 21- month conflict. while our translators are standing by to bring you -- pres
. >> syria? >> yes, syria. >> thanks, jay. after theyve all seen president assad delusional speech on sunday, and today u.n. envoy brahimi actually for the first time he said that its a lost opportunity and there is no political process after this speech. so it seems that after two months, things look even worse than ever before. whats your step forward from this point? >> well, ill say a few things. the speech by bashar al-assad was, indeed, evidence of how delusional he is. the proposal he made was nothing more than a desperate attempt to cling to power, and it would only allow the regime to continue its oppression and killing of the syrian people. the momentum in syria is with opposition forces and with the syrian people. it is clear that as defections continue -- and weve seen a number of them -- and the regime continues to lose control of territory, that assad cannot restore his control of syria. the future in syria does not and will not include bashar al-assad. he has lost all legitimacy, as we have said, and he must step aside to enable a political solution that ends the bloodshed and
today from bashar al assad, and more bloodshed throughout the country. >>> a syrian opposition group says at least 101 people were killed today nationwide. 28 died in de mass cass and the suburbs, 22 in aleppo. as the bombs were falling and the bullets flying, the syrian president lashed out at rebels during his first public speech in seven months. assad was affectionately mobbed by a crowd of adorning supporters in the capital. he told his people and the world that syria is not undergoing the revolution and as long as terrorists are in the country they will not stand down. >> translator: this is a conflict between authority at power or between the enemies of the homeland. this is a conflict those who wanted to take revenge against the people to fragment syria. those are the enemies of the people. and the enemies of god. and the enemies of god will go to hell. >> assad also laid out a plan to end the war starting with foreign can'ts ending their support for what he calls terrorists. his speech drew immediate condemnation from leaders notice u.s. and britain. >>> the dangers in syria
president assad to step down as a precondition for talks. very little is changing with the diplomatic efforts. the united states and europe press for ah assad to step down. russia backs assad as the violence continues in syria, uma. >> coming up on america's news headquarters. starting this spring our troops will have a different mission. >> president obama discusses that mission in the weekly address this one day after meeting with afghan president karzai. stay with us. stouffer's is proud to make america's favorite lasagna... with hand-layered pasta, tomatoes, and real mozzarella cheese. but what makes us even prouder... is what our real dinners can do for your family. stouffer's. let's fix dinner. if we took the already great sentra apart and completely reimagined it? ...with best-in-class combined mpg... and more interior room than corolla and civic? ...and a technology suite with bluetooth, navigation and other handy stuff? yeah, that would be cool. introducing the all-new nissan sentra. it's our most innovative sentra ever. nissan. innovation that excites. now get a $169-per-mon
a new peace proposal from syrian president ba bash sar assad. calling for assad to step aside saying his claim is an attempt at staying in power. the u.n. estimates the up rising that began against assad's regime nearly two years ago claimed at least 60,000 4r50i6s. i am mary ann raf perrafferty. you are watching the most powerful name in news, fox news channel. huckabee. >> in 1986 this woman was walking to work in new york. she passed an 11-year-old boy named maurice who said he was hungry and he asked her for money to buy food. she kept walking but then stopped and walked back to morris and offered to take him to mcdonalds for a burger. his mom was on drug and his dad in a street gaining. she knew he needed more than just a meal that afternoon. for the next four years they met every monday for lunch and today, after 26 years, they consider each other family. their story is told in a remarkable new book called the invisible thread. one welcome laura and maurice. [applause] >> this is one of the most touching and inspiring stories that i have read in a long time. the book is fantastic.
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